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Afrobeta Debut Album Out August 9th

Miami’s avant-dance duo recently announced the release of their debut full-length, Under The Streets, along with the first track from the album, “Nighttime.” Now the band has released a futuristic new video, for “Play House,” directed by Dutch director Ruben Van Leer, along with the details for the “Play House” single, which sees a digital release today (May 10th) on iTunes, Beatport and Amazon. The single will come packaged along with remixes by NYC legend Larry Tee, and Alexander Technique & Junior Sanchez!

Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets. The thirteen tracks that make up their debut album will undoubtedly ignite dance-floors around the world-the band has a sound that is universally irresistible.

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Click HERE or the Single Art Below to Watch the Futuristic Video For “Play House”

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Under The Streets Tracklisting:

Two Different Worlds
Do You Party?
Nighttime
As Long As You Like It
Play House
That Thing
Touch
Land Of Lost Lovers
Pistol Whip
Love Fur Life
Jealousy
The End
Love Is Magic

Afrobeta Shares First Track, Debut EP This Summer

Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors their hometown since 2006, with the Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their debut EP, Do You Party?, which came out last July, the band is ready to announce the details of their full-length debut- Under The Streets will see a release in Summer 2011 via Do IT Music Group (details coming soon)! Check out the first free track from the album, “Nighttime,” for a taste of what Under The Streets has in store for the world!

Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5AM inspired them to make music together. The thirteen tracks that make up their debut album will undoubtedly ignite dance-floors around the world- the band has a sound that is universally irresistible.

Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets.

Afrobeta is taking their joyous beats and dazzling live shows across the nation and abroad! 2010 included high profile performances at the 40th Anniversary Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the 12th annual Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man, Ultra Brazil and Space Ibiza.

Download the FREE MP3 “Nighttime” HERE!

Evan Caminiti Announces New Solo Album

"When California Falls into The Sea", the product of more than a year's work, finds Caminiti shifting away from the evocation of the land elements and towards the urban - the coarseness of blood on the streets and people living in squalor juxtaposed with beautiful, fleeting moments like sun reflecting off of glass buildings into dingy puddles - to produce a dialogue where guitars float through the air weightlessly, weaving around each other like butterflies and other moments that are more solitary, monolithic excursions into the night.

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"When California Falls Into The Sea" Track List:

1. Heavy Whisper
2. For Now The Streets Are Nearly Silent
3. Trembling Moon
4. Reflections in Puddles
5. World Goes Dark
6. Rising
7. A Single Flame
8. Woven Into The Moon
9. Burning A Hole Through The Sky
10. With Fog As My Blanket
11. The Obsidian Curtain

* Pre-order of the new album is available now at HandmadeBirds.com (500 first edition LP's in 400 black, 100 white).

BoomBox Announces Spring Tour

Featuring Producer/Engineer Russ Randolph and Producer/Vocalist/Guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux, BoomBox draws their inspiration from their hometown roots in Muscle Shoals, AL – an area known for inspiring the worlds most legendary recordings of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and into the present. The powerhouse duo draws their inspiration from their hometown roots and is recognized for infusing elements of Motown, Folk, and Rock into an electronic music blender with heavy bass undertones and ethereal vocals for a dance party vibe that has fans coming out in drones.

Using only word of mouth buzz, BoomBox has built a strong national following with a history of packed performances around the country. Locally, the band boasts two sold out shows in Denver last November, as part of their annual urban electronic festival RE:Convergence, which took place at Cervantes.

BoomBox will be performing with special opening guests BLVD along the western slopes this spring in support of their latest release, downriverelectric, which is expected to hit the streets in advance of the Colorado tour.

COLORADO TOUR:
3/9 - Three20South, Breckenridge, CO
3/10 - Belly Up, Aspen, CO
3/11 - Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO
3/12 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/13 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/14 - Abbey Theatre, Durango, CO

Rick Alvin Shaier streets solo debut “Mantis Preying”

While stationed in Phoenix, AZ during the recording of Miniature Tiger’s “Tell It To The Volcano”, (Rick is also a member of Modern Art act Miniature Tigers) Rick holed up in a friend’s bathroom with a microphone and a Powerbook and went to town.  The end result is the 9 song “vocal composition” coined “Mantis Preying”. By limiting the recording to body parts and vocal gymnastics, Rick began his first journey working with unlimited multi-track arrangements via Digidesign’s Pro Tools.  Bjork’s “Medulla” served as the predominant inspiration behind Rick writing and layering vocals without the use of instruments.

 

rick-alvinThe songs on “Mantis Preying” feature dense, layered, complicated arrangements that somehow weave a central melody and structure throughout the cacophony of ideas.  This complex blend of rhythms and harmonies cannot seemingly come from one voice and one microphone. Though recorded under the constraints of “vocals only”, it projects a sum much larger than it’s parts, making use of the full sonic spectrum.  The record is completed with the song “Mystery of the Yellow Room” paying tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber by combining a medley of themes from the “Phantom of the Opera”.

 

Rick spent his formative music years studying piano in steamy, sun drenched, Phoenix, AZ, and graduated to drumming in a few different high school punk bands.  He learned quickly on instruments both stringed and skinned, and began tinkering with 4 tracks and microphones early on in the process.  Driven from an internal realization that he had to get the madness out of his head, vomiting the ideas out on tape became a cathartic endeavor for him.  As these bedroom demo samurai sessions wore on, Rick eventually started labeling these recordings with the moniker “Alvin Band”.  The bonus EP “Lady Portrait”, included in the package, is a latter example of these bedroom sessions.

 

Lately,  Rick has been rambling around the United States playing drums in Minature Tigers and opening for bands such as Ben Folds, Kevin Devine, and Guster. The Miniature Tigers crew has been performing material from the repertoire of Alvin Band as well.  There is a lot of music to come from young Mr. Schaier, and the combination release of “Mantis Preying”, coupled with the bonus EP “Lady Portrait” serves as a solid introduction into his sorcery. More lunacy on the way…

Tom Russell: Blood and Candle Smoke Streets 9/15

Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and one DVD. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Tom-RussellRussell credited, along with Dave Alvin, of inventing the Americana radio format with their Merle Haggard tribute 'Tulare Dust' in 1994. The Columbus Other wrote: 'Russell seems to have invented, and keeps re-inventing, American roots music...! He´s the strongest live performer we have seen in years.'

Tom Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show four times in the last few years, and his songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: Tremors, Songcatcher and Northern Exposure.

Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and now makes his home on a 2.68 ''badland farm'' on the border of El Paso-Juarez. He graduated from the University of California with a Master´s Degree in Criminology and taught school in Nigeria during the Biafran war, befor re-locating to Vancouver to begin his musical career singing Hank Williams´ songs in skid row bars.

Tom Russell has published three books: a detective novel (in Scandinavia), a compendium of songwriting quotes with Sylvia Tyson (And Then I Wrote - Arsenal Press), and a book of letters with Charles Bukowski: (Tough Company: Mystery Island Press).

Russell is also an established painter represented by Yard Dog Folk Art in Austin and Marfa (www.yarddog.com) and Rainbow Man in Santa Fe (www.rainbowman.com)

russellIn 2008 Shout Factory released 'Veteran`s Day', a double disc Anthology with 37 songs, which were remastered, from Tom`s entire recording career. Guest artists included Dave Alvin, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, and many more. There are also two unreleased songs included, and a twenty page booklet. In 2009 Tom co-produced, and was a featured guest, on the critically acclaimed Gretchen Peters record One To The Heart, One To The Head which included Tom`s song "Guadalupe" and songs by Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. Tom`s new Shout Factory record Blood and Candle Smoke is scheduled for a September 15, 2009 release.

Robert Hunter, the Grateful Dead lyricist and co-writer on Dylan's latest, said, "Excellent record in all respects. Lyrics are jewels, arrangements deeply tasteful, vocals superb." Robert first met Tom in the latter's New York cab in 1983 and the two became friends. (Things happen to Tom that just don't happen to anyone else.) 

Here is an mp3 from Tom's newest album:  {play}images/mp3/santa_ana_wind.mp3{/play}

Upcoming Tour Dates:

 Month             City                                  Country


 Sep 18, 2009 Cowboy Train

 Sep 18, 2009 Albuquerque, NM

 Sep 19, 2009 Durango, CO

 Sep 30, 2009 Cambridge (Boston), MA

 Oct 2009
 Oct 01, 2009 The Late Show with David Letterman, NYC

 Oct 02, 2009 Piermont, NY

 Oct 03, 2009 New York, NY

 Oct 04, 2009 Washington, DC

 Oct 06, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA

 Oct 07, 2009 Cleveland, OH

 Oct 08, 2009 Columbus, OH

 Oct 09, 2009 Ann Arbor, MI

 Oct 10, 2009 Chicago, IL

 Oct 11, 2009 Fairfield, Iowa

 Oct 13, 2009 Columbia, MO

 Oct 14, 2009 Kansas City, MO

 Oct 15, 2009 Springfield, IL

 Oct 16, 2009 St. Louis, MO

 Oct 17, 2009 Mt. Olive, IL

 Nov 2009
 Nov 04, 2009 Phoenix, AZ

 Nov 05, 2009 Tucson, AZ

 Nov 06, 2009 Pinos Altos, NM (near Silver City)

 Nov 07, 2009 Las Cruces, NM

 Nov 08, 2009 Santa Fe, NM

 Nov 10, 2009 Fort Worth, TX

 Nov 11, 2009 Dallas, TX

 Nov 12, 2009 Austin, TX

 Nov 13, 2009 Fischer, TX

 Nov 14, 2009 Houston, TX

 Nov 15, 2009 San Antonio, TX

 Dec 2009
 Dec 04, 2009 San Diego, CA

 Dec 05, 2009 Santa Monica, CA

 Dec 06, 2009 Ojai, CA

 Dec 07, 2009 Visalia, CA

 Dec 09, 2009 Felton, CA

 Dec 10, 2009 Redwood City, CA

 Dec 11, 2009 Berkeley, CA

 Dec 12, 2009 Winters, CA

 Dec 13, 2009 Sparks (Reno), NV

 Dec 14, 2009 Sparks (Reno), NV

 Dec 15, 2009 Portland, OR

 Dec 16, 2009 Seattle, WA

 Jan 2010
 Jan 15, 2010 Bristol, UK

 Jan 16, 2010 Farncombe (Surrey) , UK

 Jan 17, 2010 York, UK

 Jan 19, 2010 Southport, UK

 Jan 20, 2010 Glasgow, UK

 Jan 21, 2010 Glasgow, UK

 Jan 22, 2010 Barton-upon-Humber (North Lincolnshire), UK

 Jan 23, 2010 Bury, UK

 Jan 24, 2010 Gateshead, UK

 Jan 25, 2010 Norwich, UK

 Jan 26, 2010 Leicester, UK

 Jan 27, 2010 London, UK

 Jan 28, 2010 Belfast, UK

 Jan 29, 2010 Dublin, Ireland

 Jan 30, 2010 Roscrae, Ireland

 Jan 31, 2010 Galway City, IE

 Feb 2010
 Feb 01, 2010 Norway

 Feb 02, 2010 Norway

 Feb 03, 2010 Norway

 Feb 04, 2010 Norway

 Feb 05, 2010 Norway

 Feb 06, 2010 Norway

 Feb 07, 2010 Norway

 Apr 2010
 Apr 12, 2010 Toronto, Canada

 Apr 14, 2010 Calgary, Canada

 Apr 15, 2010 Calgary, Canada

 Apr 16, 2010 Edmonton, Canada

 Apr 17, 2010 Calgary, Canada

My Suitcase Is Always Packed | Red Stick Ramblers | Streets 5.19

red-stick-ramblersThe Red Stick Ramblers return on May 19th with My Suitcase Is Always Packed, their fifth album and second for Sugar Hill Records. That rare young roots band that both embodies and transcends their influences, The Red Stick Ramblers continue to hone their unique hybrid of Cajun, honky-tonk, and swing (Western and otherwise) on their most visceral, personal album yet. The eleven new originals (in both English and Cajun French) are structurally daring and lyrically evocative, while still resounding proudly with the echoes of the traditions that inspired them. A pair of vintage Cajun numbers cement the band's undeniable affection for and mastery of classic Louisiana music.

 Featuring the twin-fiddle frontline of Kevin Wimmer and Linzay Young backed by the versatile rhythm section of Chas Justus (guitar), Eric Frey (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums), The Red Stick Ramblers have been astonishing audiences at dancehalls, festivals, and concert halls around the world since 2002, when they first emerged from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My Suitcase Is Always Packed, produced by the band with Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa and Brandon Bell, is their most wide ranging album yet - from the surging Cajun opener "Je T'aime Pas Mieux" and the haunting banjo and triangle driven "Nonc' Yorick" to the almost casually ingenious, charismatic swing of "Doggone My Time" and the title track. Brilliantly balancing the hard-driving and the heart-breaking, My Suitcase Is Always Packed is the sound of The Red Stick Ramblers in full flight, at once achingly familiar and infectiously surprising.

 

 

"Like all great bands," reflects fellow musician Dirk Powell in his powerful liner notes, "The Ramblers have grown over the years, grown together, grown individually, raised the stakes time and again. This time, they've dug deeper and reached further than ever."

Sarah Jarosz's Song Up In Her Head Streets 6/16

Sarah JaroszSeventeen-year-old Texas native Sarah Jarosz emerged on the scene about five years ago as someone to watch.  Jamming onstage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, she played her mandolin with a sure touch and real joy.  It looked and sounded comfortable in her then twelve-year-old hands.  She started writing songs on the guitar and took up the banjo.  While her instrumental talents are formidable, let's make one thing clear:  Sarah is a singer.  Her voice is velvety smooth, agile, and powerful occasionally reminiscent of such disparate artists as Natalie Maines and Patty Griffin.  With subtle use of colors and effects, she inhabits her songs the way a fine actress does her role. Overall, her music feels good, avoids overreaching. Nothing's contrived.

About to graduate from high school this spring, Sarah is that rare self-possessed teenager. Her schoolteacher parents have raised her well, providing the skills, support, and freedom to become the confident artist that she is. Beautiful, talented, and just a little mysterious in a wholesome, Texas hill country kinda way, Sarah is at home in this world. She knows what she's about and is ready to get out there and make her mark.

"Song Up In Her Head," produced by Jarosz and award-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa, features a mix of her original new-old-timey ballads, and two well chosen covers, the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers" and the Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan co-write, "Come On Up To The House," which mesh flawlessly with the other eleven songs.  Her collaborators include teenaged peers, including Samson Grisman and Alex Hargreaves, as well as well-known veterans of the acoustic scene, including Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, Mike Marshall and Jerry Douglas.  It's an impressive coming out party, a survey of where she's been so far, and a good indicator of where she's headed.  [Adapted from the liner notes by Tim O'Brien]

SARAH JAROSZ TOUR DATES 2009 

April 18th Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, TX
June 6th Pagosa Folk 'n Bluegrass Music Festival, Pagosa Springs, CO
June 11th Blue Rock Studios < CD Release Party >, Wimberly, TX
July 18th Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Wimberly, TX
July 26th Rocky Grass, Lyons, CO

Black Moth Super Rainbow's 'Eating Us' Streets May 26th

Eating Us- for the Grateful Web

After a year of eerie, stilted silence, the sun shines and the shadows reappear. Black Moth Super Rainbow has crept from the forests and cities to make Eating Us, their dark bubblegum freakout for 2009.  The first fully hi-fi BMSR record, Eating Us, adds space and dimension to the band's sticky, off-kilter melodies. This isn't an album about witches and woods, and this time around the band isn't letting on to what it all might mean. Because to them, it's just better that way.  

The modern musical unit known as Black Moth Super Rainbow first emerged from an obscure Pennsylvania forest glen in 2003 to relay a somewhat confounding sound with Falling Through a Field. Over the next few years, that peculiar sound developed, and the cult of BMSR began. With the release of their naturally-sweetened, candy-coated, and acclaimed 2007 treat, Dandelion Gum, a number of curious listeners bent their ears and adjusted their listening habits to incorporate Black Moth Super Rainbow's oddly creepy and off-beat sweet audio plyings. With support slots opening for Flaming Lips and Aesop Rock, the oft-camera shy outfit was soon positioned in front of thousands of brand new sonically adventurous music enthusiasts who weren't necessarily prepared for the eccentric visuals of BMSR's surreal live show, but would hopefully emerge changed, and be better off for it.

Their new full length presentation for 2009, Eating Us, promises to up the ante on the fidelity and melodies that BMSR have become known for. Here, the merry cryptic band has added some new flavors to their already well-established rainbow of sounds, with even more dense layers of lushly complex orchestration, intensely rhythmic drumming from a live, human drummer, vocoder vocals that are anything but robotic, and thick, undulating bass tones. Recorded at Tarbox Road Studios, Eating Us marks the first time BMSR has ventured into a modern recording studio. Production and partial tracking were handled by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Weezer) whose hands and ears were the only ones trusted to keep the freaked out wiggles and hairy candies fully in-tact, while also expanding them in a more realistic space.  

Now a six piece, BMSR could come or go at any time, however 2009 promises a return to touring.  

Eating Us will be released May 26, 2009 on Graveface. The full deluxe CD version features a 16 page art booklet and hairy summer jewel case jacket.

Tracklisting:
01 Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise
02 Dark Bubbles
03 Twin Of Myself
04 Gold Splatter
05 Iron Lemonade
06 Tooth Decay
07 Fields Are Breathing
08 Smile The Day After Today
09 The Sticky
10 Bubblegum Animals
11 American Face Dust

Seth Walker takes a 'Leap Of Faith' | Album Streets March 3rd

Seth Walker- for the Grateful Web

Seth Walker will make you believe with his forthcoming new album, Leap of Faith, set for release March 3 on Hyena Records. A rising star in blues and roots music, the young Austin, Texas-based songwriter, singer and guitarist has made his finest record to date. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Gary Nicholson, the twelve-track collection showcases Walker's impressive command of modern rhythm and blues, as it calls to mind artists like James Hunter, Robert Cray and Susan Tedeschi. And while Leap Of Faith centers around Walker's soul-stirring originals, such as the album's first single, "Rewind," it also features inspired renditions of other songwriter's work, including an unforgettable take on Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide."

Music audiences around the world were first introduced to Seth Walker with the release of his widely praised, self-titled 2007 Hyena Records debut.  It hit the top twenty of the Americana and Living Blues charts, while receiving unanimous praise from publications like No Depression, Blues Revue and Maverick UK Magazine.  Walker's undeniable style is also garnering accolades from legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Majal and Delbert McClintonMcClinton makes a guest appearance on Leap of Faith, lending his vocals to the track "Something Fast" and raves, "The first time I heard Seth Walker at a small club in Nashville I was impressed like I haven't been impressed in 30 years, with performance, presence, and great songs." No overnight success, Walker has been developing his craft in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas for upwards of a decade.  Seth took an unlikely path to the blues, growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina as the son of classically trained musicians. He played cello from the age of five before discovering the guitar in his late teens.

Seth Walker will be a featured performer at this year's South by Southwest, and heads out on a U.S. tour in early 2009. Known for his scorching live shows, he hit the road extensively throughout '08, performing at world-renowned festivals like Flat Rock in North Carolina, Springfest in Florida, Rawa Blues in Poland and Moulin Blues in Holland.  He's headlined shows across the U.S., often playing to sold-out rooms, while joining the likes of Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball and Robert Cray for opening appearances.